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Choosing the Right Dog. Lesson : Obj. 4 Grade: 6.10 (H) draw inferences such as conclusions or generalizations and support them with text evidence [and experience] Grade : 6. Introduction. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Choosing the Right Dog Lesson : Obj. 4 Grade: 6.10 (H) draw inferences such as conclusions or generalizations and support them with text evidence [and experience] Grade : 6

  • *Introduction

    Todays lesson is a hilarious poem about a tiger and a zebra and it teaches you how to choose a dog.

    The lesson will help you draw inferences such as conclusions or generalizations and support them with text evidence [and experience].

  • *So you are thinking of getting a dog? Choosing to bring a new dog into your life is a major decision. Be sure you are ready for a dog before you start the process. It is also essential that you understand the cost of dog ownership. There are several factors to consider before choosing a dog. Most importantly, examine your current lifestyle and consider what adjustments you are willing to make for a dog. Look at the needs of your family especially if you have children or other pets. Think about the ideal size, energy level and age of your new dog. Then, determine where to get your new dog. Just remember that getting a dog requires a firm commitment to responsible dog ownership.

    It is a common misconception that if you live in an apartment, you cannot have a dog. However, there are many dogs that are well-suited to apartment life, no matter what your tastes. Reading a copy of Secrets to Dog Training will teach you everything you need to know about training your dog to behave well in any situation. A few precautions are necessary before going out and getting a dog. Choosing the Right Dog

  • *Check with your Landlord: Some apartments do not allow dogs at all, no matter what the location or size. This is often because of destruction of property issues. Other apartments do allow dogs. Some will charge what is called a "pet rent," and may require a deposit for your pet as well. Be sure to check on all of these things before bringing a new dog into your life.

    Breed Restrictions: After you have checked with your landlord and they do allow pets, make sure to check for breed restrictions. Some apartments, especially in cities, will have restrictions on what breeds you can have. These are often breeds that can be considered aggressive or protective. These often include, Rottweillers, Doberman Pinschers, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Boxers. Most establishments will have a detailed list of the dog breeds they do not allow on the premises.

    Choosing the right dog generally means identifying the type of animal who matches your lifestyle. If you live alone in a small apartment, keeping a large, active retriever is not the best idea. Choosing the Right Dog

  • *Choosing the Right DogConversely, if you have a family of four and are looking for a companion to match your active lifestyle, such an animal may be perfect. A dog's size, exercise requirements, friendliness, assertiveness, and compatibility with children should all figure into your decision.

    How do you find out which dogs have the qualities you're looking for? Information is the key. Dogs fall into one of two categories: purebreds or mixed breeds. If you adopt a purebred puppy, you have a good chance of knowing about how big he'll get and what general physical and behavioral characteristics he'll have.

    The size, appearance, and temperament of most mixed breed dogs can be predicted as well. Mixed breeds offer several advantages over purebreds. When you adopt a mixed breed, you benefit from the combined traits of two or more breeds. You can't go wrong with a mutt. Crossbreeds actually tend to have fewer of the health problems that may pop up in some of their purebred counterparts.

  • *Choosing the Right DogMost people think starting off with a puppy is the best choice, but that isn't necessarily so. Raising a puppy is a labor-intensive undertaking, and it may take as long as three years for him to fully mature. If you have young children or a full-time job, or lack the time or patience to housetrain your pup or to correct problems like chewing and jumping, an adult dog may be a better choice. Most short haired, smooth-coated dogs are major shedders, so be prepared to do some extra cleaning up. Be aware that dogs with long, floppy ears are more prone to ear infections and require frequent thorough ear cleanings. In addition, certain types of dogs can do a lot of drooling.

    10. While buying a pup, check these points: The puppy's coat should be clear and shiny The eyes and nose should be clear and clean, not red or runnyCheck the puppy's belly. All pups tend to be a little potbellied when they have a full tummy, but a puppy with a noticeably swollen belly has a good chance of harboring worms

  • *Choosing the Right Dog11. While keeping a pup or a dog, check out this list of must-haves.You must have time to spend exercising / training / playing with a dogYou must have a yard or access to a nearby park where your dog can playYou must have time and effort to devote to grooming your dog You must be able to afford to budget for a good brand of dog food, dog supplies and medical treatments

    12. Always buy from a conscientious and reputable dog breeder if possible. Be careful about getting your dog through newspaper ads and signs with statements like free to a good home. Unfortunately, these dogs might come from poor conditions and irresponsible dog owners and you end up with an unhealthy dog. Be sure to bring your new dog to a vet for a general examination right away. Keep good records of your pet including proof of vaccinations. Organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC) run a registry of purebred dogs.

  • *Choosing the Right Dog13. Remember that small dogs tend to be delicate and vulnerable. Being stepped on or mishandled can cause serious injury. Also, little dogs can be much more sensitive to colder temperatures, so be ready to help keep them warm. Similarly, very large dogs need a bit more space to move around. Think of a German Shepherd or Collie. Big, happy dogs with long, whip-like tails need "wagging space" to avoid tail injury or damage to household objects.

    14. Sometimes you dont adopt a dog. A dog adopts you. A stray just might be waiting on your doorstep or you find an abandoned dog. You have to take into account the risks of a dog with an unknown background. Approach a stray dog cautiously until you can be sure it is friendly and healthy. Check to see if it is wearing a collar or a tag. Then think. Is your family ready for a dog? Is the dog right for you and your household? Do you have the time and resources to care for the dog? Is the dog healthy? If yes, go ahead. Or the kindest thing to do is to take it to your local animal shelter, where itll be fed and cared for until it can find a new home.

  • *Check Your Understanding

    Choosing a dog is simple enough. All you need is:

    a. space in your heart to love the dogb. space in your backyard for the dog to play / exercise c. space in your apartment so that the dog can have his own little place for a snoozed. all of the above / none of the above

  • *Check Your Understanding

    Keeping a dog in an apartment is not a problem if:

    a. we just keep a small dog b. we check with the landlord at first about local apartment laws that are applicable c. we agree to pay the pet rent or deposit as is applicable d. we check the rules at first regarding the breed of the dog

  • *Check Your Understanding

    3. We can conclude that a pure bred puppy:

    a. is always healthier than a cross breedb. is always better looking than a cross breedc. will be easier to train than a cross breed d. will have very predictable general physical attributes and behavioral characteristics as compared to a cross breed

  • *Check Your Understanding

    4. Which of these statements are misleading for the healthy growth of a dog?

    a. keep feeding the dog till it becomes roly polyb. do not shampoo the dog, or it will shed hair c. little dogs can be much more sensitive to colder temperaturesd. raising a puppy is labor-intensive

  • *Check Your Understanding

    We can conclude that newspaper ads with statements like free to a good home can mean quite a few things. Check the relevant ones.

    It can mean: a. the dog is unhealthyb. the dog owner is a very generous large-hearted personc. the dog owner is irresponsibled. the dog owner is rich and does not care for money

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    We can conclude that a dog that is pot bellied:

    a. could be infested with wormsb. is well fed and healthyc. could be a part of its physical attributes d. could be a sign of an oncoming stomach ache Check Your Understanding

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    Whenever we see a stray dog we can conclude we must:

    a. register it with the American Kennel Club b. approach it cautiously until you can be sure it is friendly and healthyc. take it into our home and adopt it d. throw it out because it can be dangerousCheck Your Understanding

  • * Check Your Understanding 8. We can conclude there are a few must-haves that are necessary for keeping a dog. Check the necessary ones.

    a. adequate / lots of time to spend with the dogb. adequate / fairly large number of children in the family c. adequate / large number of other pets all living together d. adequate budget to spend on a good brand of dog food, general maintenance, medical treatments

  • *Check Your Understanding

    Dogs with long floppy ears .. (could become hearing impaired / are prone to ear infections / are at risk of getting wax deposits).

    10. Puppies with .. (short hair and smooth coats / clear and shining coats / long and shaggy hair) are the major hair sh